posted on Apr, 15 2011 @ 07:08 AM
Not sure if this has been brought up but I see people linking to this all the time:
JPL Small-Body Database
And people seem to ignore this:
Note: Make sure you have Java enabled on your browser to see the applet. This applet is provided as a 3D orbit visualization tool.
The applet was implemented using 2-body methods, and hence should not be used for determining accurate long-term trajectories (over
several years or decades) or planetary encounter circumstances. For accurate long-term ephemerides, please instead use our Horizons
Now I did pop over to the Horizons system and have no idea how to read the text it generated.
I also have to put my eggs in the "if it's hitting the ISS it's hitting earth" basket. If the comet is coming close enough to hit the ISS, which from
the trajectory so far doesn't seem that likely, the gravitational effect of the mass of the earth should pull that comet right into us, at the very
least smashing through our atmosphere then continuing on.
The debris field, which would be hard to calculate until it's quite close, seems like a more logical threat to the ISS IMO. And debris we might
encounter, as another poster mentioned, would pose a threat to the unprotected ISS, but that material would bounce off, or burn up, in our atmosphere.
They can indeed move the ISS. Could it be possible to essentially park the ISS on the other side of the planet as to use the earth as a shield when
we pass through the debris field? I admit I did not follow the links or read the information on how the ISS is maneuverable, but that would appear
to be the only option to protect it.
There seems to be a massive disinfo campaign concerning this comet
I agree. I doubt you will agree as to which side I believe is providing the disinfo though.
edit on 15-4-2011 by phishyblankwaters because: (no reason given)
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